The English department is a hub of creativity and innovative learning experiences. Teachers impart their love of, and expertise in, this dynamic subject through challenge and support.
Students are provided with an array of opportunities to develop their writing skills, further their understanding of cultural and historical contexts, and learn the skills needed to succeed in life beyond school. The department strives to teach transferrable skills that can be applied across the curriculum, develop opportunities for leadership and to create independent learners who do not fear reading or writing. English is a subject that equips students with essential life skills, introduces eye-opening literature, and encourages students to view the world in a more creative way.
English is a thriving subject within the school, offering a range of enriching opportunities from visiting authors at the school, to a selection of theatre trips. Recently, the department has taken groups of students to see Othello performed at The National Theatre and whole year groups to watch private screenings of Romeo and Juliet. Through collaboration with the librarian, we have been extremely lucky to have had Jon Mayhew (bestselling author of Mortlock) run creative writing workshops, and Eva Schloss (Holocaust survivor) talk to students about her experience in Auschwitz. The department are passionate about providing opportunities for students to develop their love of the subject beyond KS4; last year saw a record number of students opting to take English in KS5 and, notably a record number of students elected to study degrees in English at a range of universities, including Kings University.